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4 Charged With Hate Crime in Facebook Live Torture of Man With Special Needs

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CHICAGO — Four people accused of torturing a mentally disabled man in Chicago were charged with a hate crime on Thursday, according to WGN.

The disturbing 30-minute video shows a man tied up and his mouth covered, cowering in the corner of a room. His attackers laugh and shout "f**k Donald Trump" and "f**k white people" as they kick and punch him and cut into his forehead with a knife.

The attack was streamed live on Facebook.

Jordan Hill, 18, Tesfaye Cooper, 18, Brittany Covington, 18, and Tanishia Covinton, 24, all face hate crime and aggravated kidnapping charges in addition to other related charges.

Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said the video shows a "brutal act toward an adult male with mental health challenges."

Police say officers observed a disoriented male in "distress" walking in the 3400 block of West Lexington Wednesday around 5:30 p.m., according to WGN. After speaking to the victim, the officers then responded to a home nearby. There, they discovered “signs of a struggle and damage to property.” Police say the officers connected this evidence to the disoriented male.

The victim was taken to the hospital and is in stable condition.

“Officers later became aware of a social media video depicting a battery of an adult male which is believed to be the same individual,” police said in a statement.

Earlier Thursday, Chicago Police Department spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said that the four black suspects made “terrible racist statements” during the assault but that police believe the victim was targeted because he has “special needs,” not because of his race.

The investigation is ongoing.

17 comments

  • SoreTruthache

    Civil War II is coming… minorities and liberal scum vs Real America (whites and our glorious fuhrer Trump!)

  • i quit..

    Story already on page 3. All 3 stations are a joke. Just trade stories. We won’t see any news except farm show . Lets watch the chickens an forget our future fate thanks to these DO-GOODERS and PC-ers

  • old skool

    yea…my comment was deleted…pro-1st amendment eh??
    well,…i am going to pray on this one thing. (the family of that man sues the the pension out of Chicago…) cut that part of ill. out and paste it to so-cal.

  • i quit..

    HEY WNEP. My post was up for review before i hit enter. PC STATION IS A JOKE. GET OUT OF CHAIR AND DO HONEST REPORTING. I GUESS YOU SAY NUMBERS DO LIE..

  • Sam

    WNEP almost has this story buried…..hour by hour……..buried a little more. the story doesn’t fit the msm narrative. Shame on WNEP. Bunch of frauds

  • THE REAL SCRANTONY

    No, this cant be real, all the librtards on TV and social media keep telling me that only whites can be racist. That BLM goons are just protesting for their rights and their government handouts. It must have been a mistake. Oh wait, perhaps the libtards were pandering to goons and illegals in a failed attempt to rig the election. I hope Grand leader Trump gets personally involved like he did with Ford and Carrier and personally launches these goons over the wall where they belong. Such attacks on an innocent white retard cannot be tolerated. we need tough inner city reforms from president Trump on day one put some plows on the dumptrucks and clear the streets. Its high time to keep our communities safe from such troublesome menaces!

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